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	Lucas Matney

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Apple's annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) will kick off on Monday (June 4, United States time) with a keynote address at the San Jose McEnery Convention Centre.

Apple and rival Google are racing to release AR tools to attract software developers to their platforms.

With WWDC a couple of days out, we're coming up on one year since Apple first showed off its glitzy answer to the Amazon Echo and Google Home smart speakers.

The most definite thing about WWDC is that new software will be released. The final versions of the iOS 12 and the macOS 10.14 should come sometime in September. If rumours are to be believed, we might not see huge changes in terms of feature and design, but we could still see new AR features, fresh Animojis, improved DND mode, digital health features and more.

AR has become a major focus at both companies. It's also typical that any payout mostly goes to lawyers, with customers receiving trivial sums in damages.

Keep your ears cocked for Apple to refine Face ID, Apple's secure biometric face unlock tool that uses the 3D front-facing camera.

Next-gen macOS would probably be known as macOS 10.14 and it is predicted to get deeper Siri integration than before. With iOS 11, Siri got app suggestions for personalization in native iOS apps like News, Mail, Messages, and Safari apps.

There are not many leaks about watchOS 5, except for a new watchface that is inspired by the pride movement.

Apple has received criticism, from protesting Stanford students to large company stakeholders like the California Public Employees' Retirement System, the latter of which penned a letter criticizing the iPhone's addictiveness particularly for children.

There will be several other announcements in regards with macOS, watchOS and tvOS as well.

There are various reports, including one from Bloomberg, saying that this year's WWDC will be "hardware-less".

Apple is also expected to unveil a heavily upgraded version of ARKit, the development toolkit it provides for building AR-infused iOS apps including a mode created to "let users play AR games against each other in the same virtual environment".

Now it looks like there could be more signs that a new MacBook Pro is in the works, according to a recently spotted benchmark which reveals a MacBook Pro sporting Intel's new six-core Core i7-8750H processor, which is part of Intel's Coffee Lake family of processors.

But there is some speculation that the Apple iPhone SE 2 might be unveiled. So it will be no surprise if this year is another "hardware-less" WWDC.

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